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    World briefs: Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year
    Dec10

    World briefs: Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year

    NEW YORK — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time’s Person of the Year, praised Wednesday by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis. Time also cited Ms. Merkel’s strong response to “Vladimir Putin’s creeping theft of Ukraine” and on its cover called her...

    US General: Russia Has ‘Changed the Security Environment in Europe’
    Dec10

    US General: Russia Has ‘Changed the Security Environment in Europe’

    General Ben Hodges, the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, sat down with VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb to discuss Russian aggression in Ukraine, the Islamic State threat to European allies and U.S. women in combat. Hodges told VOA that Russia has “changed the security environment in Europe.” He said the Crimea crisis would be a...

    France Just Had a Political Earthquake, and It Looks Good for the Kremlin
    Dec10

    France Just Had a Political Earthquake, and It Looks Good for the Kremlin

    PARIS—The National Front, a far-right French political party with financial backing from Moscow, won the first round of France’s regional elections, taking the lead in six of France’s 13 regions and reaping 28 percent of the overall vote. The anti-EU, anti-immigration party’s electoral breakout upheaved France’s political...

    US and NATO Double Down on Cold War versus Russia
    Dec09

    US and NATO Double Down on Cold War versus Russia

    Stephen F. CohenIn the aftermath of Paris and San Bernardino, Washington and Brussels still reject coalition with Moscow against international terrorism. …read more Source: The...

    DC Exports Corruption
    Dec09

    DC Exports Corruption

    Vice President Joseph Biden is in Ukraine this week, encouraging the government in Kyiv to reform and root out corruption. But there’s a complication, according to the New York Times: The credibility of the vice president’s anticorruption message may have been undermined by the association of his son, Hunter Biden, with one of...

    Is Ukraine’s power deficit leaving Crimea open to the Russian bear’s embrace?
    Dec09

    Is Ukraine’s power deficit leaving Crimea open to the Russian bear’s embrace?

    Over the last six months or so Crimea hasn’t been in the news that much. Then a few electrical pylons on Ukrainian soil carrying electricity throughout the peninsula were toppled by several well-placed bombs. The next day the entire peninsula and part of Ukraine, were cut off from electricity. More than three quarters of Crimea’s 2.2...

    Stolen Art Hampers Ukraine’s EU Progress
    Dec09

    Stolen Art Hampers Ukraine’s EU Progress

    Could a few dozen Dutch paintings derail trade talks? …read more Source:...

    AP EXPLAINS: The rise of German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Dec09

    AP EXPLAINS: The rise of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, just a few weeks after she marked 10 years at the helm of Europe’s biggest economic power. Merkel, 61, is the European Union’s longest-serving head of government and has been a serial winner of Forbes magazine’s title of...

    EU Russia Sanctions Extended? Italy Blocks European Union’s Proposal To Renew Legislation Amid Disagreements
    Dec09

    EU Russia Sanctions Extended? Italy Blocks European Union’s Proposal To Renew Legislation Amid Disagreements

    The Italian government blocked European Union attempts Wednesday to extend sanctions against Russia, calling on the 28-country bloc to discuss the matter in full first. The EU envoy had hoped to pass the economic sanctions, which were imposed on Moscow last year over its involvement in Ukraine, without delay after an informal agreement was...

    AP EXPLAINS: The rise of German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Dec09

    AP EXPLAINS: The rise of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Merkel, 61, is the European Union’s longest-serving head of government and has been a serial winner of Forbes magazine’s title of world’s most powerful woman. Merkel helped negotiate the Kyoto accord to curb greenhouse gas emissions as environment minister in the 1990s. In the crisis over Ukraine, she has stuck doggedly to...